Bench Memos

Health Care Conscience Rights Act

This week, Reps. Diane Black, Jeff Fortenberry, and John Fleming introduced HR 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, which you can read here.  The bill looks very good to me, and if it passed it would appear to obviate all the litigation against the HHS contraception-sterilization-abortifacient mandate, simply by honoring any and all employers’ conscientious refusal to include coverage of such things in their employee group health plans.  In short, no more mandate wherever anyone has a “moral or religious objection” to it.  This bill deserves the support of all friends of religious freedom–and of freedom more generally.

Matthew J. Franck — Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

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